The Hebrew year 5782, which ends on Saturday, September 24th, 2022, is a Shemitah year, quite possibly the final Shemitah marking the year God prepares and equips His people before the start of Daniel's 70th Week.
What is a Shemitah?
The Shemitah is an ancient Biblical mandate given by God to the people of Israel through Moses at Mount Sinai. It is a God-ordained year of rest for the land that is to be observed every seven years. During this Sabbath rest for the land, it is not to be sown, cultivated or harvested. In Chapter 25 of the Book of Leviticus, God promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the Shemitah, and describes its observance as a test of Abraham's descendants faith in God.
Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.’ (Leviticus 25:1–5)
According to the Mosaic law, all grains, fruits, legumes and vegetables must be harvested and stored for six years. During the Sabbitical 7th year, or Shemitah, the land lies fallow. All agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting, ceases. Any fruit that grows naturally, without human effort, may be picked by anyone. According to Deuteronomy 15:1–11, during the Shemitah, all debts, except those of foreigners, were to be forgiven. On the final day of the Shemitah year, on Elul 29, all past accounts were to be forgiven and wiped clean. The Bible also states that a new cycle of seven years begins after the Shemitah year.
The number seven (sheva) is prominent in Scriptures (consider the seven-day week, the Sabbath rest on the seventh day, seven patriarchs, seven-branched menorah, etc.). Many believers calculate, using verses from the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation, that the Last Days will close with a final, momentous seven-year period leading to the Messiah Yeshua's second coming to establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth.
The Hebrew word Shemitah can mean release, but it can also mean shaking, fall or collapse. The Bible makes it clear that failure to celebrate and honor the Shemitah year of rest and forgiveness is a sin that brings judgment upon the land and the people. God said, “I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.” (Leviticus 26:33)
In the past, when Israel did not give the Land its required year of rest every seven years, God exiled the people so that the Land could have its rest for the exact period of all those years it missed. The destruction of the holy city of Jerusalem and the exile of the people of Israel to Babylon happened in the year of Shemitah in 586 BC.
Chadwick Harvey is the author of God's Prophetic Timeline and God's Fishermen, Satan's Hunters. He is a Judeo-Christian who operates a ministry called Faithful Performance to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiach). Chadwick writes articles on topics such as biblical prophecy, Hebraic mysteries, and stories in the Holy Bible. His passion and purpose is to proclaim the Jewish roots of Jesus to the Gentiles, as well as declare to the Jews that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Jewish Messiah.
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